It simply wouldn't be a
How about both?
Saturday featured that and more as the Kings lost for the second time in three days. Arizona beat the Kings, 3-2, on Saturday night at Gila River Arena for its third victory against the Kings in four games this season, led by captain
"We've got to be a lot better," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "From top to bottom, everybody's got to be a lot better."
First, the controversy and some choice words afterward from Kings left wing
Lucic was upset for Connauton's earlier slash of his wrist in a scrum around Arizona's net.
Lucic said he feared his wrist was broken, at first. He said his whole hand went numb and he couldn't feel his hand, explaining his reaction to the slash.
"Thankfully, X-rays came back negative," he said. "If I don't react, I don't think he even calls a penalty. The same guy [referee] Brad Meier, I think this is the fourth time he's kicked me out of a game.
"It's always the same thing with him. Guys can take liberties on me and it's not a penalty. If I do something, I'm automatically kicked out of the game. It's just unfortunate it is that way with him. Just gotta move on and not get frustrated by the referees in the game."
Lucic could face supplementary discipline for his actions.
The chaos unfolded with the Coyotes ahead, 3-2, and the lead held up. The game-winner came off a quick strike by speedy Arizona forward Jordan Martinook, who scored 22 seconds into the third period.
Martinook converted a breakaway, beating Kings goalie Jonathan Quick up high on the glove side with a nifty backhander.
The Kings goals were scored by captain
Shore's goal, an unassisted effort at 6:53 of the second period, fell in the weird category, following what looked like an odd move by Coyotes rookie goalie Louis Domingue.
Domingue was interfered with by Kings left wing Tanner Pearson behind his net. Instead of immediately skating back to the net, Domingue took his mask off and Shore, seeing the open net, took the shot and scored. Afterward the goalie said he had an issue with his strap and couldn't see.
The Coyotes' coach and players argued, to no avail, and the goal stood, making it 1-1. Doan had scored in the first period, at 13:43, when
One tweak worked in the Kings favor and the other wasn't as clear-cut. Coach
Sutter has continued to tinker with his third defense pair and he took
He is still searching for the right solution on the back end.
“It's still gotta fit,” Sutter said after the morning skate. “It's still the partner thing. We really like Muzz [
“And it's still a work in progress. I think Luke, on his own terms, of what we expect and what we see is fine. But it's still about the six guys. It's not one guy. It's not
"There's so much more to it than the individual performance."
KINGS AT SAN JOSE
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
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